We are a passionate group of 60 individuals working across the globe to support grassroots activism. To protect the privacy and security of our team we do not list staff members.
Regan E. Ralph
President and CEORead bio
Regan E. Ralph
President and CEO
“When governments and others in power recognize the core values of human dignity and freedom, individuals and societies at large flourish. For this to happen, we need to make sure those who experience human rights abuses have the best resources to advance long-term solutions and vigilantly monitor their progress. The Fund for Global Human Rights is at the forefront of supporting people the world over who are rising to this challenge and building a better future.”
Regan Ralph is the Fund’s founding president and CEO. As a young women’s rights advocate, she embraced the power of human rights to challenge structural inequality and has worked alongside and in support of human rights movements ever since. Prior to launching the Fund, Regan was vice president for health and reproductive rights at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, DC, where she led advocacy, policy, and educational strategies to promote the quality and availability of health care for American women. From 1992 to 2001, Regan helped build and ultimately directed the Women’s Rights division of Human Rights Watch, where she developed campaigns to ensure the prosecution of sexual violence in conflict as a war crime, to secure recognition of gender-based persecution as grounds for asylum, and to promote women’s rights in countries including Russia, Egypt, Turkey, South Africa, Pakistan, and Mexico. Regan is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School. She studied international law at the London School of Economics and Arabic at the American University in Cairo. She serves on the boards of EG Justice, Crisis Action, and WITNESS.
Deputy CEORead bio
Brandee M. Butler is the Fund’s deputy CEO. She oversees the Fund’s operations in pursuit of its mission to provide resources and support to frontline human rights activists and movements. Previously, she served as a division director at the Open Society Initiative for Europe, leading the Civil Liberties Division. Brandee has over fifteen years of experience working with international foundations, civil society organizations, and the private sector to promote human rights. She has served in leadership and grantmaking positions, supporting human rights funding at the C&A (now Laudes) Foundation in Amsterdam and Levi Strauss & Co. in Brussels. Earlier in her career, Brandee received the Yale Law School Bernstein Fellowship for International Human Rights to combat child trafficking in Gabon. She later practiced law at the Alliance for Children’s Rights in Los Angeles and specialized in international justice as a program officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Brandee has published articles on structural racism, modern slavery, gender-based violence, and supply chain transparency. She currently serves on the boards of Women Win and Ariadne Funders Network. She received a BA with honors from Harvard University and a JD from Yale Law School. She is currently based in Barcelona.
Vice President for ProgramsRead bio
Vice President for Programs
“Supporting frontline human rights activists on their own terms isn’t only the right thing to do, it’s the best way we can enable deep and lasting social change.”
David B Mattingly is the Fund’s vice president for programs. He leads an international team of activist grant-makers to resource human rights movements and build stronger, more sustainable human rights organizations. Since joining the Fund in 2005 as one of its first program officers, David helped shape the Fund’s signature model of supporting frontline activists on their own terms and providing the funding and technical support that can boost their success. Prior to assuming leadership of the programs team, he built grants portfolios for rights groups based in Latin America, North Africa, and West Africa; coordinated an initiative to strengthen the capacity of Mexican activists to promote public policies that expand human rights protections; and developed the Fund’s grant-making strategy to challenge rights abuses related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. After earning a BA in International Development from American University, David monitored human rights in indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico. Prior to joining the Fund, he worked at the Moriah Fund, where he helped manage grant-making programs promoting indigenous rights, environmental protection, and women’s and reproductive rights in Central America, the US, and globally. David is particularly passionate about land and resource rights and climate justice and serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Center for International Environmental Law.
Vice President for Development and CommunicationsRead bio
Vice President for Development and Communications
“I believe all people should have a voice in how they are governed. That is why I’m a human rights activist. I also believe that social justice organizations should embrace the same values they preach to others. That is why I work at the Fund—because it does.”
Rona Peligal is the Fund’s vice president for development and communications. She joined the in July 2017, bringing a unique set of skills: knowledge of human rights issues, fundraising experience, and the ability to create materials and messages to promote the human rights cause. Prior to joining the Fund, Rona served for two years as vice president for development at American Jewish World Service (AJWS) where, as a member of the Executive Team, she oversaw a transition in AJWS’s fundraising model, helped build the Board, and launched an $18 million reserve fund. From 1999 to 2015, Rona worked at Human Rights Watch (HRW) in two main capacities. For the first nine years, Rona served as deputy director of development and outreach, where she was responsible for raising approximately one-third of HRW’s revenue from foundations and program-specific donors. For the latter six years, Rona was a deputy director of the Africa division. In that capacity, she oversaw HRW’s work on Nigeria, Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, among other countries. In 2014, Rona authored an HRW report that investigated human rights abuses connected with iron ore mining in Sierra Leone. She has also contributed to HRW reports on LGBTQ rights and women’s rights. Rona has a PhD in African history from Columbia University, where she also specialized in women’s history. Rona speaks French and Swahili.
Director of FinanceRead bio
Director of Finance
Taylor Brown is the Fund’s director of finance. He joined the Fund in April 2020 as its first director of finance, providing oversight of the Fund’s financial management systems and collaborating with departmental leaders to help ensure the Fund’s financial sustainability and the development of growth initiatives. He has over a decade of experience working in the international nonprofit sector finance and operations functions, specifically in the youth development and peace-building fields, including two years living and working in the townships and rural communities surrounding Durban, South Africa. Taylor is an adjunct faculty member of the Sports Industry Management program at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies and has been teaching a course in Social Responsibility & Globalization in Sports since 2013. Taylor started his career with a top international accounting firm, working with an array of clients, including nonprofits. He earned his MBA from San Diego State University and a BS degree in finance and accounting from Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business. He also completed the Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate program at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.
Director of People & Culture in OperationsRead bio
Director of People & Culture in Operations
Candice Martin is the Fund’s director of people and culture. She has over a decade of human resource management experience and has focused on many functions, including diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) program design, organizational development, and strategic planning on a global scale. Prior to joining the Fund, she served in various human resource leadership roles across a variety of industries where she focused on building and improving human resource department infrastructure, personnel policies and procedures, human resource strategic alignment, and increasing employee engagement. She also oversaw all human resource–related activities including recruitment, retention, compensation, payroll, employee relations, labor law compliance, performance management, benefits administration, training and development.
Global Board of Directors
Board members serve in an individual capacity for three (3) terms of three (3) years, as defined by the Fund’s by-laws.
UK Board of Trustees
The Fund for Global Human Right UK is the European sister organization of the Fund for Global Human Rights (charity number 1151043). Based in London, the Fund for Global Human Rights UK works independently to fund frontline human rights defenders in close collaboration and with support from the Fund for Global Human Rights (based in Washington, D.C.).
The Fund for Global Human Rights UK is independently governed by a Board of Trustees with deep expertise in charity governance, human rights work, and philanthropy. UK trustees also sit on the Fund’s Global Board of Directors to allow both entities to align strategies and vision.